Rogue One ruled the box office for a third straight week as 2016 came to an end.
Box office: Rogue One is now the #2 movie of 2016 in North America (but only the #9 movie worldwide — so far)
The Star Wars franchise had another big hit at the box office this week, while a once reliable box-office draw had the worst opening of his entire career.
Watch: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has an actual space battle — and goes to Iceland — in its newest trailer
Last Days in the Desert is out on video now, so it was probably only a matter of time before some enterprising Star Wars fan took the footage of Ewan McGregor sitting in the desert and turned it into a “trailer” for a film about the time Obi-Wan Kenobi spent on Tatooine between Episodes III and IV of the space-opera saga.
Watch: A swarm attacks in Star Trek Beyond, and rebel spies battle the Empire in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Today we have clips from two — not one, but two! — upcoming sci-fi franchise films.
The Star Wars universe is a violent place.
Smugglers, bounty hunters and Jedi Knights are all experienced killers long before we meet them, and even a teenaged princess-senator thinks nothing of shooting a stormtrooper in cold blood right after he declares that he intends to take her alive.
But there is one character who stands out from all these hardened killers, one character who enters the story as a callow young farmboy and only gradually rises up to become an experienced warrior. I refer, of course, to Luke Skywalker.
And here’s a question that has been bugging me for some time: Who, exactly, was Luke’s first kill? In mafia parlance, how did Luke “make his bones”? And how did he feel about the fact that, y’know, he had just killed somebody?